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fabric of well-lived life
Life's work: The late Pat Hewitt with her daughter, Mary, at the opening of A Life
in Fabric exhibition at Alexandra's Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery held
By MARY-JO TOHILL
The life of an Alexandra identity
who was ahead of her time in
fashion and fabric came to an end
Pat Hewitt died peacefully at
Elmslie House, the Wanaka rest
home where she had resided since
March this year, just a month
after seeing an exhibition of her
life's work open at Central Stories
Museum and Art Gallery in
Alexandra. She was 85.
Mrs Hewitt's passing was not
unexpected according to her
daughter, Mary Hewitt, of
"Her health had not been good for
quite a few years. It was a slow
decline that had sped up in the
The best tribute the family could
have paid their mother was
helping to put together a display
of her most outstanding patch-
work quilts and notable dresses,
Ms Hewitt said.
"It was a cool thing to have done
that for Mum and for her to have
lived to see it.''
"She was a woman of her time,
and to have accessed her dresses
to relive that time, reminded us
and everyone who saw the
exhibition, not to forget how
clever she was."
Nearly all of her 60 quilts,
painstakingly made and artfully
displayed at Central Stories, were
sold through silent auction after
the exhibition, with the remain-
der donated to the museum.
Her dresses were returned to a
collection at the Eden Hore 70s
Fashion Museum at Naseby,
loaned by owners John and
Ms Hewitt's most enduring mem-
ory of her mother was her
boundless energy and how she
"threw herself into everything."
While growing up, Mrs Hewitt
made all her daughter's clothes.
Every Christmas there was even a
handmade bikini in a parcel
under the tree, and Ms Hewitt can
remember some pretty nifty
Even when her late husband, well-
known Alexandra businessman
Robert or Bob as he was known,
was unwell through various
illnesses, "she held it together".
From what she knows of her
mother's early history (she was
born in Clyde to Frances and
Morledge Warhurst in 1927) her
sewing skills were largely self-
taught out of necessity.
"Her mother was good at taking
old clothes and remodelling them
during the depression years, so
she probably picked up a lot of her
eye for detail from that," Ms
Mrs Hewitt's funeral took place at
Orchard Garden near Alexandra
last Saturday on Daffodil Day.
''Mum wanted it to be light-
hearted, and for people to have a
good laugh,'' Ms Hewitt said.
With that in mind, the grand-
children took Ms Hewitt's dog to
the funeral, to speak on behalf of
all the animals that their grand-
mother had looked after in her
''It was a bit unusual but we think
she would have liked that,'' Mrs
Yummy retirement for
generous local man
By MARY-JO TOHILL
Davies and wife
Anne at a
morning tea to
What started out as a quick peep
in the real estate agent's window
turned into a four-year stay for
Alexandra Salvation Army's min-
istries co-ordinator Laurie Dav-
ies. Celebrating his retirement at
a special morning tea last week,
Mr Davies recalled when he and
wife Anne were ''just passing
through'' Alexandra on holiday
from their former Auckland base.
They saw a couple of houses up
for sale, and before they knew it,
they had bought one of them. Mr
Davies threw himself into the
community, and because of his
Christian beliefs, joined the
Salvation Army, doing food bank
management and follow ups on
alcohol and drug programmes.
''We just love it here. We should
have been here 10 years earlier.''
The Davies are setting off on a
world trip, but plan to return to
spend their retirement in Alex-
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